Monday, April 19, 2010

Equine Art Close Up Chestnut Horse

When I Look In Your Eyes
"A Gentle Spirit"

Another in the series inspired by the song, When I Look In Your Eyes, sung by Rex Harrison in the Dr. Doolittle musical.  I love the expression of quiet contemplation on this horse, and the way his mane blows wildly in the wind.  Horses are fascinating to paint -  such a range of emotion and temperament, so much strength and tenderness, and so much grace all in one animal.

This is a pastel painting on Ampersand Pastel Board, my new best friend. It has a slightly sanded, very fine texture and is especially good for animal paintings.  It will stand up under lots of layers, which is how I work, and sort of "grabs" the color so that it doesn't just sit on top of the paper, yet it isn't so rough that it prevents me from putting in the detail that I love. It should be good for people portraits, also, but I haven't tried it yet.

Pastel on Ampersand Pastel Board
Image size 9 x 12
Matted and ready to frame.

20% of the sale will be donated to True Blue Animal Rescue

This painting will be listed on Daily Painters and will be available for purchase from Art Helping Animals on Tuesday, April 20


L. D. Burgus said...

This is such a sweet horse and the color is so wonderful.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Beautiful painting, love the eyes:)

dellartist said...

Thanks so much!